Music for India: Mouse on Mars, Lætitia Sadier & more

Live Performances By:
Mouse on Mars
Laetitia Sadier
Amirtha Kidambi
William Tyler
and more to be announced!

Saturday, Aug 28
5pm PST / 8pm EST

Sunday, Aug 29
5pm UK BST / 6pm CEST / 9:30pm India IST

Music For India is a special live concert series to raise urgent funds for India Covid-19 relief. All proceeds raised will go directly to organizations working on the ground in India to provide oxygen, food, and other needed supplies.

Following our first successful fundraiser raising over $10,000 for India and Nepal, we’re hosting our second concert in the series — a very rare live streaming concert featuring legendary group Mouse on Mars. Laetitia Sadier, of Stereolab fame, will be also joining this important cause with a special performance stream, along with Amirtha Kidambi, and William Tyler.

As India grapples with the greatest COVID outbreak in the world, we hope to raise as much funds as possible to support India, to ease the load on hospitals with oxygen and urgent care, support humanitarian aid, and provide meals to families fighting hunger across the nation. Tickets are on a sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $20. (If you are able to donate more than $20, that would be welcome.) While no one will be turned away for lack of funds, please contribute what you can to help provide relief during this critical juncture of the Covid-19 crisis across the region.

Mouse on Mars

LIVE from JAHnew Studio, Neukölln

Mouse on Mars, the Berlin-based duo of Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, approach electronic music with an inexhaustible curiosity and unparalleled ingenuity. Operating in their unique orbit within dance music’s nebulous echosystem, the duo’s hyper-detailed productions are inventive, groundbreaking but always possessing a signature joyful experimentation. A genre-less embrace of cutting-edge technologies have ensured that each Mouse on Mars release sounds strikingly modern, a fact made more remarkable when one reflects on the duo’s 25 years of making music. New album AAI (Anarchic Artificial Intelligence) takes Toma and Werner’s fascination with technology and undogmatic exploration a quantum leap further. Collaborating with writer and scholar Louis Chude-Sokei, a collective of computer programmers and longtime Mouse On Mars collaborator/percussionist Dodo NKishi, the duo explores artificial intelligence as both a narrative framework and compositional tool, summoning their most explicitly science-fiction work to date.

This special streaming performance will also feature visuals from artist Casey Reas and images from the virtual game world created to stage AAI.

Mouse on Mars
Andi Toma
Jan St. Werner
Dodo NKishi

Live Voice
Louis Chude-Sokei

AAI Visuals
Casey Reas

AAI Gamedesign & Play
David Johannes Meyer, Jürg Andreas Meister

Fritz Loschütz

Live Video Editing
Stefan Baumann

Constantin Carstens

Lætitia Sadier

Lætitia Sadier is a French musician best known as a founding member, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of the legendary avant-pop band Stereolab. Led by the songwriting team of Sadier and Tim Gane, the group's music combined influences from krautrock, lounge and 1960s pop music, often incorporating a repetitive motorik beat with heavy use of vintage electronic keyboards and vocals sung in English and French. In 1996, while Stereolab was still active, she formed the side project Monade. In 2009, she began to record solo work under her own name; her current band is known as the Lætitia Sadier Source Ensemble. She has collaborated with numerous artists, contributing vocals to albums by Tyler, the Creator, Common, Mercury Rev, Blur, Deerhoof, Mouse on Mars, and many other acts.

Amirtha Kidambi

Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the creation and performance of subversive music, from free improvisation and avant-jazz, to experimental bands and new music. She is an educator, activist and organizer, informed by anti-racism, decolonization and anti-capitalism. As a bandleader, she is the creative force behind Elder Ones and has received critical praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork, Downbeat and WIRE magazine. Kidambi is a key collaborator in Mary Halvorson's latest sextet Code Girl, the duo Angels & Demons with Darius Jones and in various collaborations with William Parker and has worked with Muhal Richard Abrams and Robert Ashley. She is the co-founder of South Asian Artists in Diaspora collective and co-organizer of Musicians Against Police Brutality with Matana Roberts.

William Tyler

Tennessee-born guitarist, songwriter, and producer William Tyler began his career in the early 2000s touring and recording with acts as diverse as Lambchop, Wooden Wand, the Silver Jews, Bonnie Prince Billy, Candi Staton, Charlie Louvin, and Rhys Chatham. Having established his reputation as a versatile and supremely inventive guitar ace, he then launched a solo career that focused on instrumental, often experimental compositions that pulled from a variety of styles, from sparse American Primitive to pastoral country-driven rock and folk.

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